Marketplace & 1-2-1's

There were many opportunities at the conference to meet people, including the marketplace and 1-2-1's. Community groups shared their experiences and support agencies were on hand to offer advice. 

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)

HIE offers a wide range of support to communities. Speak to us about asset ownership, community energy, heritage projects and social enterprise. We will also have additional experts at our table offering advice pan Scotland support.  including Scottish Enterprise and Interface

Digital Playground -  HIE's #hellodigital

This is a great opportunity to get hands on with virtual reality and augmented reality technologies.

Look at how it is being used in the heritage sector and find out what new digital technologies could offer your projects.

Scottish Government

A chance to chat with relevant Scottish Government officials around current thinking, policy and support, and funding associated with community empowerment, asset acquisition, land reform, tackling poverty and exclusion, planning and regeneration.

BIG Lottery

Every year, the Big Lottery distributes millions of pounds of the National Lottery's good cause money to community groups and charitable projects around the UK. Find out everything you need to know about how they work, and how you might access funds. Big Lottery manages the Scottish Land Fund in partnership with HIE.

1-2-1 appointments contact Rebekah Dundas

Coalfields Regeneration Trust

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) is the leading regeneration organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life in Britain’s former mining communities. Find out how they invest in projects to help people develop new skills, achieve qualifications, find work, set up and grow new businesses and become more active in their communities.

Local Energy Scotland

Local Energy Scotland manages the Scottish Government’s CARES funding.  CARES helps communities to develop renewable and local energy projects.  Whether you have an idea for an innovative energy project, have the opportunity to invest in a commercial wind farm or would like to get more out of community benefit come and talk to us.


Partnership for Procurement (P4P) is a new initiative, hosted by Senscot, which supports social enterprises and third sector organisations to build partnerships and consortia to better access public procurement. Free support is available for organisations looking to build their skills and capacity to bid for contracts or for advice relating to collaborative working.

Senscot Legal

Senscot Legal (SL) is a social enterprise based in Glasgow, providing quality, affordable legal advice to the social enterprise and wider third sector in Scotland.  SL was set up in 2010, and broke new ground as it was the only third sector organisation exclusively providing such services.  SL’s social mission is to provide that support to enable organisations to enhance their capacity and to develop in a sustainable manner and to achieve their own aims and objectives for the ultimate benefit of communities.


Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) is an adviser based service delivered Scotland wide.  We support community based groups through the process of taking a stake in or ownership of publicly owned land or buildings.  COSS provides community groups and public bodies with a bespoke service.  Support includes a combination of - Expert advice on all aspects of asset transfer, Training courses on the asset transfer and asset development process, Sign-posting to other support agencies, Web access to information on good practice, toolkits and case studies.
Development Trusts Association Scotland’s membership service will also be represented and there will be information available from our Community Shares Scotland service.

Robertson Trust

The Robertson Trust is the largest independent trust in Scotland and has a vision to improve the quality of life and realise the potential of people and communities in Scotland. They provide funding awards to charitable organisations operating in Scotland through Open Grants awards.


The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) supports best practice in community development and is recognised by the Scottish Government as the national lead body for community development. The organisation works across sectors and with a wide range of professions to support community engagement and community capacity building in any context and at strategic and practice level.

Foundation Scotland

Foundation Scotland, formerly Scottish Community Foundation was established to help people and organisations give to good causes effectively and inexpensively. Since 1996, the Foundation has been delivering innovative funding programmes, distributing over £50 million to charities and community groups.

Foundation Scotland is part of a national movement of community foundations that undertake strategic grant making, facilitate philanthropy and contribute to achieving lasting impact in communities across Scotland.  Foundation Scotland can support local communities in the set up and administration of community benefit funds using its expertise in facilitation, community development, governance and award making (grants or loans). 

It works in partnership with those communities, supporting them on strategy and fund disbursal, and ensuring the fund is administered diligently. Through the establishment of local and representative panels, communities decide how all funds are used.

Community Land Scotland

Community Land Scotland is the membership network for Scotland’s community landowners, which collectively own more than half a million acres of land. Our work includes: facilitating the exchange of information between aspiring and established community landowners; raising awareness of the benefits of land ownership to communities; promoting the growing importance of community landowning sector to Scotland; representing the views of our members in terms of national and local policy and easing the process for communities that want to take ownership of land.

Scottish Land Commission

The Scottish Land Commission is a newly formed organisation created to drive land reform forward.  Our purpose is to provide direction, leadership and strategic thought to land reform helping to create a Scotland where the ownership, management and use of land conrtibutes to the collective benefit of everybody.


SURF is Scotland’s Regeneration Forum, an independent body with more than 250 cross-sector member organisations. SURF aims to improve the lives of people in Scotland’s most deprived places by using the views, experience and knowledge in its network to positively influence regeneration policy and practice. Strengthening Communities delegates are warmly invited to visit SURF’s marketplace stand and learn more about our annual activities programme and policy influencing activities, including our place-based Alliance for Action programme and the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration, which are supported by the Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Scotland's Towns Partnership is Scotland’s largest towns’ collective; representing and promoting the diversity of our towns and places, and supporting those organisations and groups that have an interest in or ownership of them. Its role is to act as a hub for relevant news & resources, knowledge and good practice; to support learning and community through our events; to influence and share policies that impact towns; and to raise the profile of Scottish towns.

Scottish Rural Action

Scottish Rural Action seeks to advocate and support the self-advocacy of rural communities in policy and decision-making. SRA is a grass-roots, non-profit organisation responsible for the biennial Scottish Rural Parliament. They will be seeking your input on transport, enterprise and wellbeing at # SCCS17.

Volunteer Scotland

Volunteer Scotland is the national centre for volunteering. It receives funded support from the Scottish Government and others to measure the impact made by volunteers; supports staff and volunteers to develop skills through accessing training and easy to use volunteer development tools, policies and good practice; offers a one stop digital gateway to everyone in Scotland who might want to find volunteer opportunities; provides an expert disclosure service for voluntary organisations; and works with partners to support projects, innovation and creativity in volunteering. Volunteer Scotland is the only provider in Scotland for the UK quality standard ‘Investing in Volunteers’. This is a development tool, following a framework that demonstrates best practice in volunteer management, which aims to improve the quality of the volunteering experience for all volunteers.

1-2-1 appointments contact Jessica Lightfoot

Centre for Scotland's Land Futures

The Centre for Scotland’s Land Futures is a new initiative run by three Scottish universities: Highlands and Islands, Dundee and Stirling. The Centre’s principal purpose is captured in the question ‘what does Scotland want or expect of its landscape?’
Through education, research and public engagement, always in partnership with non-academic partners, the Centre aims to conduct interdisciplinary research into land issues past and present; through this to support teaching and learning from undergraduate through to graduate level; and offer a varied and stimulating programme of public engagement activity in order to enhance understanding of land matters. Through this our overarching objective is to assist in the ongoing development of more informed discussion and policy making.

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Come and speak with us to find out: how LOCAL communities work to get the best out of a NATIONAL Park; how communities work WELL with public bodies and how we plan and manage out way out of some REALLY controversial issues.

Additional 1-2-1s 

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Interface - Rhiannon Merritt

Interface connects organisations of all sizes, from all sectors, to the right academic expertise for increased R&D activity. Our free and impartial service has helped hundreds of organisations to become more competitive enabling them to increase their profits, maximise their export potential and ultimately become more sustainable. Most notably we facilitated the partnership between Timespan and St Andrews University on their Virtual Reality project.
Interface can help organisations access a range of funding options to offset the cost of their project and with team members on the ground, from the Borders to the Highlands & Islands, they can help businesses wherever they are, whatever their need.

Social Investment Scotland - Roger Moors

Community Woods - Jon Hollingdale

CWA supports, represents and networks Scotland's thriving community woodland sector. We advise and support community woodland groups on all aspects of acquiring and managing woodlands and associated assets, from governance and fundraising to timber harvesting and developing recreation facilities (and much more besides). If you have a woodland project in mind: large or small, social, environmental or economic, we're here to help you achieve your aspirations.

Rural Housing Scotland - Derek Logie

Rural Housing Scotland supports rural communities across Scotland to create affordable solutions to rural housing issues. We work with rural communities to secure affordable housing for local people, enabling community led housing developments throughout Scotland.

We can advise on different options for creating new affordable housing in your community, provide information on funding available and help you explore viable solutions to local housing needs.

RBS - Tracy Thomson

Royal Bank of Scotland Social & Community Capital offers a helping hand to social ventures looking to scale, through loans between £30,000 and £750,000, provided with flexible terms and business support. Royal Bank of Scotland has been the leading financial services supporter and champion of the UK community finance sector for over 20 years, and is the only bank in the UK to have set up a specialist fund to lend to viable community businesses that are unable to obtain funding from mainstream banks.

Our ambition is to enable social enterprises to make a positive impact in UK communities and increase the size and strength of this important sector of the UK economy. For more information 

DSL - Murray Marshall

DSL Business Finance Ltd is a not for profit organisation which delivers the Scottish Microfinance Fund across Scotland. This fund provides improved access to finance with very competitive terms, offering loans of up to £25k with an interest rate of six per cent and no arrangement or early repayment fees.
The fund is part of a larger £40m boost from the Scottish Government’s SME Holding Fund and is supported by ERDF, DSL Business Finance Ltd and Start Up Loan Company and is available to start-up, existing businesses and social enterprises.
Murray Marshall delivers the SMF across the Highlands & Islands region. He has many years experience of working with businesses and giving advice on finance and utilises this in his engagements with clients.

Speak to the community

Mull and Iona Community Trust - Moray Finch

MICT has been involved in a wide range of projects including housing, recycling, income generation, community transport, land purchase, renewables, energy efficiency, community broadband, economic development, securing project finance. Have a chat with Moray about his experiences.

Cassiltoun - Claire Malpas

Clair Malpas is a highly experienced Regeneration professional with over 20 years’ experience of working in the Housing Sector.  She is part of the Senior Management Team at the Cassiltoun Group and has direct responsibility for managing their extensive Regeneration programme which focuses on improving outcomes for people living in the Castlemilk area of Glasgow. Her remit also includes overseeing Cassiltoun’s two subsidiary companies, Cassiltoun Trust and Cassiltoun Stables Nursery.  Both of the organisations are successful social enterprises that have contributed to the  regeneration and vibrancy of the  area and also provide sustainable social and economic benefits.

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